Album Listening Session: Tony Ri'chard - Dead oTo Society
Tuesday, a new name to the Christian hip-hop scene released an album with a couple familiar faces.
Dre Murray and John Givez are featured on Dead oTo Society, the debut album of Tony Ri’chard.
Trip Lee New Song Manolo ft. Lecrae
The Trip Lee & Lecrae collab is released as the third single for Trip's upcoming GAWVI produced album, Rise.
Album Listening Session: Devin Turner - Now or Never
After a successful debut with his single, End of My Rope, featuring SPZRKT, Devin Turner is releasing his first studio album entitled 'Now or Never.'
How One of Houston’s most criminal Artists Became a Christian Rapper
This month, less than two years after he penned an anthem about selling crack, Houston rapper PyRexx released the mixtape Workflo Vol. 1 with lyrics so Christian that the Grammy Awards would call it gospel music.
The Un.heard project features 18 full tracks with an array of collabos featuring Braille, Brinson, Christafari, Corey Hicks, Cruz Cordero, D Maub, K Drama and many more! Production includes Tony Stone, Tru-Life (CM), DJ Lopez, Legacy and Cliff Brown. The project features several vintage un.heard collabos from underground projects and several brand new un.heard tracks.
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Cross Movement Records (CMR) announces it has formed a strategic partnership with non-profit organization The Impact Movement. The first offering is a release of the debut album from new group, Level 3:16. The self-titled project drops December 28, 2010, occuring the week of The Impact Movement’s national conference in Atlanta. Thousands of high school, college students, alumni and church leaders of African-descent will meet for five days, to be challenged and equipped to make an eternal difference on their campuses, communities and the world for God. In conjunction with Level 3:16’s album, Cross Movement Records’ new media arm, Issachar Media, is also filming and releasing a docu-reality TV show that centers around the music group’s efforts.
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Open Doors, a worldwide charity serving persecuted Christians, has joined forces with Preacher Boy Missions to produce a music single, with award winning and highly talented Christian Hip Hop artists. This exciting collaboration will see different music performers joining together in support of Christians who are facing severe suffering for their faith in Jesus Christ.
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Hip Hop with a specific focus on promoting Christ likely started not too long after Hip Hop did, however the first commercially released album in this fashion was Stephen Wiley's 1985 album 'Bible Break.' Now, 25 years later there is a viable niche carved out in the music industry. The niche has been called by several names including Christian Hip Hop, Christian Rap, Holy Hip Hop, Gospel Hip Hop, etc.
Like many humble beginnings, this niche was not documented well. Up until a few years ago with the introduction of social networks MySpace and Facebook, communication wasn't always an easy task, making it difficult to stay in touch with pioneers in this niche.
There have been efforts by many over the years to maintain community and push this niche into the mainstream, essentially utilizing Hip Hop to reach a demographic that is influenced by that culture. In the early years of the internet, circa 1994, one of the very first communities dedicated to this niche launched called TruHipHop. TruHipHop was launched by Timothy Trudeau, known to most as owner of Syntax Records. TruHipHop was a newsgroup or listserv where people would subscribe their email and dialogue. Then came chat rooms and message boards which acted as channels for artists and fans all across the world to connect and interact like never before. A few years following, websites began to spring forth that began to provide artists and labels a media outlet for the niche. Some of those websites were HipHopZone.com, HipHopGateway.com, SphereOfHipHop.com, HipHopForTheSoul.com, WTWmagazine.com, and later HolyCulture.net, DaSouth.com, and IllSpot.net.
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